Skoda Kamiq SUV - Interior & comfort
Good-quality materials and plenty of tech means the Skoda Kamiq’s interior impresses
As part of the Volkswagen Group, Skoda now has some of the best-built interiors on sale, so you can be confident that it’ll have no problems with family life. Our test car had no rattles and generally felt very well screwed together.
There are some cheaper plastics on display, highlighting Skoda’s position as the value-for-money brand within the group, but overall material quality is very good. The bits you’ll touch are covered in leather or other soft-touch materials, so there’s no swathe of scratchy plastic like you’d get in a Skoda a few years ago. A Volkswagen T-Cross feels more upmarket but it’s essentially a more expensive version of the same car.
The Kamiq is refined, too. The petrol engines are almost silent on the move and at motorway speeds, the only real noise comes from air hitting the wing mirrors. There’s almost no noise from the tyres, so the Kamiq is easy to drive long distances. The diesel is noticeably louder under acceleration.
Skoda Kamiq dashboard
The Kamiq benefits from Skoda’s latest interior design, which looks more modern than even the inside of the Karoq and Kodiaq. Central to that is a new eight-inch (or 9.2-inch as an option) touchscreen, which is no longer built into the dashboard. The air vents have been moved to below the touchscreen and the two elements are intersected by a full-width trim piece. It’s not unlike the Ford Fiesta’s interior, and complements the car’s sharp exterior styling.
The entry-level S trim kicks off the range with alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights and a smaller 6.5-inch touchscreen. However, you do still get DAB radio, Bluetooth and two USB-C connections.
The SE introduces the eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors, cruise control and an eight-speaker audio system. It can be upgraded to SE Drive trim, adding the 9.2-inch infotainment system and navigation, along with privacy glass, silver and piano black interior trim and a different alloy wheel design.
Next is the SE L, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear LED lights with scrolling indicators, keyless go and dual-zone climate control. Just one trim currently sits above this; the desirable Kamiq Monte Carlo, with a glass panoramic roof, black exterior trim and unique black 'Vega' alloy wheels. It looks sporty inside, too, thanks to one-piece sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as splashes of red.
Optional extras include different alloy wheel designs, metallic paint, a panoramic glass roof, heated front seats and a digital instrument cluster.
There are different options across the range, with parking sensors, front fog lights and floor mats also offered on lower-spec models. We'd also recommend adding a spare wheel (replacing a tyre repair kit) for £160, especially if you often drive far away from home on the motorway.
SEAT may be the arm of the VW Group most obviously aimed at younger buyers but, judging by the Kamiq, Skoda is catching up in terms of technology. Some of Skoda’s bigger and more expensive cars don’t come with the option of a digital instrument cluster, while the Kamiq also features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - the first small SUV to do so.